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% to 35. so it's clear to left wing ideology did not win the day for mr. obama, big spending did, many in the media would have us believe that liberal ideology was confirmed by this election, it was not. however, however, secularism is certainly eroding traditional power, no question about it. those americans who attend religious services at least once a week, voted for romney, 59-39. the religious is on at decline. despite the presidential controversial insistence that some catholic entities provide birth control and after-pills, catholics supported obama 50-48. down from 2008, but still a surprise to some. only about 30% of american catholics now attend weekly mass. you can see the impact of creeping secularism on the religious vote. on paper the stats look hopeless for traditional americans, however, it will take a very special politician to do that. by the way, mitt romney didn't try to marginlize secularism, it's a mistake. the key question going forward is the movement good for american, no matter their ethnic condition, the answer is no, three vivid. secular progressive champion
in front of us. the big cliff on all spending cuts. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there is even one second left before you have to do what you're suppose to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year and families $450,000 a year. for above the $250,000 level on which president obama campaigned on. but those making more will see higher income taxes, capitol gains, and dividend rates, plus a new health care reform surtax. san francisco tax attorney rob wood says you'll notice in your pay tax will be history. >> the average person earning $50,000 a year is going to pay about $1,000 more in payroll taxes in 2013. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff agreement increases taxes on the states worth more than $5 million. it extends unemployment benefits for one year and keeps the child tax credit for workers who don't earn enough to pay income taxes. the alternative minimum tax got a tax for inflat
obama said he wanted a grand bargain that dealt with taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not yet publicly endorsed the deal. and even though congress did not meet the midnight deadline, tax cuts will be retroactive if the bill is eventually signed into law. terrell? >> tara mergener in washington, thank you so much. the bill also extends unemployment benefits for 2 million people. it prevents a 27% cut in fees for doctors who treat medicare patients. but many americans will see a tax hike because the bill does not affect a scheduled 2% increase in the payroll tax. it also kicked the can down the road on automatic spending cuts for the defense department and domestic programs. they've been postponed for two months. as lee cowen reports, that uncertainty has many business owners worried. >> reporter: jo ann vinute is running the numbers. her payroll is due this week. she now has a hint on what taxes to withhold from her dozen employees. that'
to on this is disgusting. >> reporter: president obama said he want taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress that was a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not publicly endorsed the deal. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >> now, the house is set to reconvene today at 9 a.m. pacific time. a house vote is expected today or tomorrow. >>> what a night. no fog this year, perfectly clear last night for fireworks along the waterfront here in san francisco. it's beautiful out there. a lot of people showed up for the 15-minute display and jammed the streets near the bob barker. when it was all over, i think most of them are still out there, it was crowded getting into work today but there was some violence during the new year's celebration here in the city. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san francisco with the problems police had with the new year's crowd and has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. happy new year. san francisco police had their hands full because some celebrations did not go as planned. there w
to redouse washington's out of control spending. >> president obama called the vote the right thing to do for the country. republicans compromised on the tax rates and democrats gave in on the state taxes. - estate taxings. >> there is another crisis looming on the horizon. lawmakers have to worry about the debt ceiling. the u.s. roached the legal borrowing limit yesterday . the treasury department is taking measures to buy time until the end of february including suspending investments and benefit fund saids for federal workers or they will not pay the country's billos time. congress must vote now to raise the debt ceiling and setting the stage for yet another battle on capitol hill. a new year brings new numbers on the paycheck of thousands san francisco workers. a higher minimum wage comes in . carolyn tyler has the details. >> the street prides itself on the salaries paid to workers in the back of the house. cooks and dish washers and a record high minimum wage rose in from 8.50 in 2004 to 10.24 an hour and jumps to 10.55. >> will it keep you from hiring. >> yes, we'll have to trim ou
more than $450,000 per year will see their taxes go up. that's far higher than obama's original proposal. they have yet to agree to suspend spending cuts. the democrat led senate is expected to pass the bill on new year's eve. the republican led house says it will not vote on the bill before the midnight deadline. members of congress are expected to work on a stop gap measure to prevent any serious fiscal impact. the fiscal cliff has become a term many people even outside the financial markets are talking about. if the u.s. economy falls off this cliff, ripple effects are expected. >> reporter: the term fiscal cliff has been making headlines recently. here's a brief explanation. it's a term used to refer to the economic fallout that might occur because of policy divisions in the u.s. congress. if democrats and republicans cannot come to an agreement on resolving the fiscal cliff by year end, sudden tax increases and drastic budget cuts will take effect and would dramatically slow the u.s. economy. let's look into the two main components of the fiscal cliff. first, taxes. democra
earning more than $450,000 per year will see their taxes go up. that's far higher than obama's original proposal. they have yet to agree to suspend spending cuts. the democrat led senate is expected to pass the bill on new year's eve. the republican led house says it will not vote on the bill before the midnight deadline. members of congress are expected to work on a stop gap measure to prevent any serious fiscal impact. the fiscal cliff has become a term many people even outside the financial markets are talking about. if the u.s. economy falls off this cliff, ripple effects are expected. >> reporter: the term fiscal cliff has been making headlines recently. here's a brief explanation. it's a term used to refer to the economic fallout that might occur because of policy divisions in the u.s. congress. if democrats and republicans cannot come to an agreement on resolving the fiscal cliff by year end, sudden tax increases and drastic budget cuts will take effect and would dramatically slow the u.s. economy. let's look into the two main components of the fiscal cliff. first, taxes. democra
is disgusting. >> reporter: president obama wanted a bargain that dealt with taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not yet publicly endorsed the deal. and the house reconvenes by midday today. a vote could also come today. >> tara, a lot of republicans weren't happy with the president's speech yesterday. is there any indication that that could affect the vote in the house? >> well, president obama during that speech criticized congress for taking too long to come up with this deal. he also laid the groundwork for another problem that's coming and that's basically burrough -- upping the country's burrough limit. republicans will no doubt try to use upping that in ex-kang for spending cuts. and to which the president said, they have another thing coming if they think that's going to be the case. spending cuts alone are not going to be able to reduce the country's deficit. so we have that coming. senator john mccain said basically that's going to antagonize a lo
't challenge his party on spending cuts is disgusting. it's just disgusting. >> reporter: president obama wanted to dole with taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not yet publicly endorsed the deal. now, the house reconvenes at midday but lawmakers say, frank, they plan to study this bill hard before they take a vote. they say the senate has had months to get a bill passed and they are not going to rush to get anything done. >> there is word, tara, that some republican lawmakers are upset about something the president said. could that effect support of the bill? >> reporter: it might. president obama chastised in his speech congress for taking too long to get the deal done. but he also threw something out at republicans saying if they think that spending cuts is the only thing that's going to reduce the deficit, they have another thing coming and that basically references the $16.5 trillion in debt which is the next issue on the table. a lot of republi
obama came out and said he wanted to balance -- the ratio is 41-1 tax hikes to spending cuts. if you think about it, it raises spending because it delays the sequester. we're raising spending and raising taxes. that is a deal senate republicans felt comfortable with, but talking with members of the house, they do not have the majority of the g.o.p. caucus. the g.o.p. is losing more like 150 votes, at least over 100 conservative votes in the house of representatives if they try to run with this bill. >> if john boehner wants to be speaker again, he's going to come up for a vote in a couple of weeks. if he gets this passed with a majority of democratic support, he might be no longer speaker. >> absolutely. i think it's one of these things where it depends how hard he whips republicans into it. i think it's one of those cases where republicans in the house are very frustrated and are on the verge of doing that. we've been opting for a new speaker, somebody who can relate better to young people. we'd like to see him replaced. a 41-1 ratio is unacceptable. we have a huge debt crisis and w
of presidential agreement to cut spending means even if the senate measure passes the house, mr. obama can expect added pressure in weeks when the debt ceiling must be raised again. >> we made a mistake to increase the debt limit the first time and gave that guy all that money to buy votes with. we shouldn't make the same mistakes now. >> the president says the congress should don't that because it holds the credit rating hostage for partisan demand for spending cut bus the republicans say that is the only way the cuts will ever happen. bret >> bret: thank you. the fiscal cliff not the only thing that congress is dealing with. fox news learned the house plans to split the superstorm sandy aide bill to two parts. giving the lawmakers opposed to a large bill the ability to vote against it and vote on the other part so they don't appear unwilling to help storm victims. the base would provide immediate funding to those affected by the october storm that devastated new york and new jersey coastlines. meanwhile, republicans are still meeting up on capitol hill. we have a live camera outside of that mee
,000 higher than the threshold president barack obama originally proposed. that is the senate deal postponed by two months, the spending cuts that are scheduled to start on january 1st. the senate passed the bill on two tuesday, two hours after the december 31st deadline. members of the republican-led house of representatives will vote on the bill on tuesday. lawmakers are expected to work on a stopgap measure to ensure the impact of the suspended tax cuts is minimal. >>> doctors treating hillary clinton say they have found a blood clot between her brain and skull. but they say she is making an excellent recovery. staff at a hospital in new york issued a statement on monday, a day after clinton arrived for treatment. last month, doctors diagnosed her with a concussion after a stomach virus caused her to become dehydrated and faint. she had been resting at home since then. medical personnel say an mri revealed a clot in a vein between clinton's right here but they say she did not suffer a stroke or any neurological damage. they say she is in good spirits and engaging with the doctors, family
." the legislation would impose a hardship and fall short on addressing the need in spending. president obama praised the agreements. coats to place on the other side of the capital on issues other than the so-called fiscal cliff. -- votes took place on the other side of the capital. extra cash for the fight against al qaeda and the fight against foreign governments trying to spy on the united states. mike rogers said the bill holds personnel levels at last year's level. dutch ruppersberger said the bill invests in programs that are working and cuts things that are not. the house meets today at noon eastern. watch the house live on c-span tv. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. [video clip] >> a lot of people that i know looking back on the last 40 years will say that ever since apollo, the space program has been a jobs program. how many jobs can we get in your district, in your state? the space shuttle passed by one vote because it was passed all around the country. we had people working different -- working in different places. i can tell you some pretty brutal stories about th
that were due to kick in today for another two months but because the bill doesn't address spending, getting it passed in the house will be much tougher. >> the fact that we're not where we need to be on revenues is disgusting. it's just disgusting. >> reporter: president obama says he wanted a grand bargain that dealt with taxes and spending cuts at the same time. >> but with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner has not publicly yet endorsed the deal. >>> the white house issued a statement after this morning's senate vote. in part it reads while neither democrats or republicans got everything they wanted, this agreement is the right thing to do for our country and this house should pass it without delay. >>> a local police department is starting the new year in mourning. a warrenton father leaves behind three grieving children and saddened neighbors. >> reporter: officer chris young was on his way to another call when this terrible crash happened right here behind me in bristow. it was really sad and hard for o
went to the hill earlier in the day to meet. >> earlier president obama had harsh words. >> if they think i will finish the job in spebding cuts -- spending cuts alone they've got another thing coming. >> the deal will increase estate tax and bring back clinton era tax cuts. fromhouse holds earning 250 thousand dollars a year reportedly to those making 4 hundred and 50 thousand dollars. frustratedrepublicans say while the deal will probably pass, it's not ideal. >> i personally don't like it because i think we're kicking the can down the road and not addressing the real crisis in the country which was not the fiscal cliff, it's a debts crisis. >> the spending cuts that were a sticking point are now postponed for two months at least. >> much more to come on this. stay with abc2 news for late breaking details out of washington. when we're not on the air you can get updates on abc2news.com. you can also find a guide on what the deal could mean for your wallet. if youhaven't checked your tax standing with the homestead tax credit, you better do it, today is the last day
. the fiscal cliff fiasco. the obama plan, to the speakersi boehner plan, it will either o alter the rising rate of spending were less than the science of our bloated government. the answer in tonight "chalk [ male announcer ] how can power consumption in china, impact wool exports from new zealand, textile production in spain, and the use of medical technology in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. ro price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. lou: you know, everybody's getting pretty excited about that fiscal cliff negotiation or impasse, however you want to3 style it. mayi want t showu, lou: everybody is getting re ofed about the fiscal clifft, negotiation. i thoughtht i would show you wht thuld happen if we change into thspeaker boehner plan, the president obama plan, let's start out with the do-nothing plan because t
package of tax hikes and spending cuts. the deal still needs approval in the house. the u.s. is not out of the woods yet. >> president obama said the agreement fell short of what both sides wanted but that it was the right thing to do for the country. >> senators passed the bill with 89-8. after months of wrangling, lawmakers ended their deadlock. >> i know i can speak for my conference when i say we don't think taxes should go up on anyone. but if we knew if we did nothing they would be going up on everyone. >> the bill heads to the republican controlled house of representatives and could come to a vote later today but it is far from certain that it will pass. president obama urged members to back the deal though it falls short of what he originally sought. >> my preference would have been to solve all of the problems in the context of a larger agreement, bigger deal, a grand bargain, whatever you want to call it that solves our deficit problems in a responsible way. does not just deal with the taxes but deals with the spending so that we can put it behind us and focus on just growing
obama said he would have preferred a grand bargain that solved all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. it may be -- and maybe we can do it in stages. >> negotiations have been going on all day. lawmakers and aides moving back and forth between meeting rooms here on capitol hill on what is normally a quiet new year's eve. the major sticking point now is spending. the president suggested lawmakers take action on deficit reduction in the next few months and that more tax revenue could be involved in those discussions, but republicans are furious at that possibility. >> i'm willing to support revenues to deal with this problem. the overall problem. but what i will not agree to is using revenues to replace spending reductions. >> reporter: even if the senate approves the deal by midnight, the house still has to pass the measure before the president can sign it into law. randall pinkston, cbs news, washington. >> that process could take a couple of days but lawmakers say it could be made retroacti
to fall over the so-called fiscal cliff. congress will not vote by the midnight deadline to avoid spending cuts and tax hikes due on january 1. talks will resume on tuesday. earlier, barack obama said an agreement to avoid this was in sight. >> for now, our most immediate priority is to stop taxes from going up for middle-class families starting tomorrow. i think that is a modest goal that we can accomplish. democrats and republicans in congress have to get this done, but they are not there yet. they are close, but they are not there yet, and one thing we can count on with respect to this congress, if there is even one second left before you have to do what you need to do, they will use that second. >> it is too bad he does not spend as much time solving problems as he does with campaigns and pep rallies. i will say i am very disappointed with what the president had to say. i want to go on record to say that it is unacceptable to pay for the sequestered revenues. >> we are joined live from washington, d.c. if this deal is so close, why has congress not signed off on it? >> well, you always
on taxes and agreed to wait on slashing spending. >> this was the mini cliff. the big cliff still lies in front of us. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush-era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year, far above the 250,000 level on which president obama campaigned. but those making more will see higher income taxes, capital gains, plus a new health care reform surtax. rob wood says you'll notice in your paycheck one popular tax cut will be history. >> the average person, say, earning $50,000 a year is going to pay about $1,000 more in payroll taxes in 2013. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff agreement also increases taxes on estates worth more than $5 million and extends unemployment benefits for one year and keeps the child tax credit for workers who don't earn enough to pay income taxes. the alternative minimum tax got a
to pretend. in the first term he had to pretend he cared about spending and debt. in fact, when he sold obama care, if you remember the first speech, he said this is a way to deal with our debt. the main driver of debt is healthcare costs and what i'm going to do is going to cure the problem. that's how he sold it i don't think he believed it then. i'm not sure he believes it now. >> just such a good segway because you don't even know that i have these things in my back pocket. [ laughter ] and because i didn't brief you before. >> this is like abbot and costello. >> bret: it really is. we'll end 2012. >> he have been doing the gig for so long don't have to communicate. >> bret: listen to the president talk about entitlements and when he talking to republicans. >> the major driver of our long-term liabilities, everybody here knows is medicare and medicaid and our healthcare spending. nothing comes close. social security we could probably fix the same way tipp o'neal and ronald reagan sat down together and they could figure something out, that is manageable. medicare and medicaid, massive prob
emerge with taxing and spending. >> this is a mini cliff, big cliff still lies in front of us. big cliff. >> reporter: president obama had scolded congress for waiting so long. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> reporter: the bush era tax cuts remain in place for individuals earning as much as $400,000 a year and families $450,000 a year. far above the $250,000 on which president obama campaigned. those making more will see higher income taxes, capital gains and dividends rates. san francisco tax attorney rob wood says you will notice on the paycheck one popular tax cut will be history. >> say the average person earning $1,500 a year will earn $20 more in tax increases. >> reporter: it extends unemployment benefits for one year and keep the child tax credit for workers who don't earn enough to pay income taxes. and the alternative minimum tax got a tax for inflation. that shields an average of $300,000 each in higher taxings. get ready for a
a spending problem. president obama still does not understand that this problem as he recently issued an executive order to most civilian employees. i believe these raises are grossly inappropriate and represent an insult to hardworking american taxpayers. these factors have prompted me to join this legislation to halt these unnecessary salary increases. you've heard arguments today that federal workers are being victimized by this legislation. here are a few facts that will rebut that assumption. one, the income of the average american private sector family has gone down $4,000 during the last four years. number two, federal workers on average earn pay and benefits that are equal that to their private sector counterparts. number three, federal workers pay an amount into the federal retirement plan that is less than .1 that private workers pay into sex. last year hardworking american taxpayers had to subsidize about $40 billion to subsidize the unsolvency of the civil service retirement system. mr. speaker, for these reasons and the huge deficits of our federal government, i support t
the bill to head off tax increases and spending cuts. president obama asking the house to pass it without delay. nancy cordes is on capitol hill now. nancy, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. technically we did go over the fiscal cliff at midnight this morning. but that is likely to be temporary if the house votes in favor of that bill later today. the senate as you mentioned voted overwhelmingly around 2:00 in the morning by a vote of 89-8. almost all democrats and republicans voting yes on a deal that would make permanent the bush era tax cuts for people earning up to $400,000 a year and couples earning up to $450,000 a year. this was a deal that was worked out by vice president biden and senate leaders. the house speaker hasn't said that the house will definitely vote in favor of it today, but democrats at least are saying they expect almost all of their members to vote yes. terrell? >> nancy cordes on capitol hill, nancy, thank you so much. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton spent new year's eve in the hospital being treated for a blood clot in her skull. mar
all this spending to prop up the economy because the fundamentals are right. all of the things the obama administration has done have been anti growth, whether energy licy, trade with china, reregulation of wall street. and now this, taxing all those jobs creators, all those small businesses. i don't know why you would want to invest in this country now. gerri: let me ask you this. the congressional budget office has out its numbers. if the fiscal cliff hits they say u.s. gdp would shrink by half a percentage point and that unemployment will rise to over 9%. do you think they have the rights or are they just too conservative? will it be worse? >> if we actually went over the cliff we would be subtracted from domestic demand over $600 billion. that is about four percentage points in gdp. most economists were forecasting in the first half of next year hardly 2 percent growth. if you subtract 4% to spending from that year and a recession that is much deeper. the cbo tense and not be alarmist because they say what they are partisan, but congress read it paycheck, and tey don't want
. >> as david mentioned the senate punted on the sequester, the federal spending cuts scheduled to go into effect tomorrow. >> right. >> and didn't tackle entitlement reform. did they miss an opportunity? >> well, i think that opportunity was missed in the boehner/obama negotiations. there really was no time to do anything except the basics right now. and i think there's a good shot that this will succeed. i think both parties are very conscious of the markets opening tomorrow and the republicans have been through situations where they've voted down big plans and the markets have crashed. so i don't think that john boehner wants that on his head and i think that president obama's planning to blame him if that happens. there as lot of work being done to convince some liberal democrats and conservative republicans, because republicans in voting for this would have to vote for a tax rate increase which a lot of them have signed pledges saying they would never do. it's a big step but i think they'll take it. >> david, looking at house speaker john boehner a lot of people thought he ended
, the larger cause is that obama refuses to concede that social security, medicare, medicaid are driving future spending and deficits. so when republicans make concessions on taxes they get little in return." are you set up for more confrontatio confrontation. >> i think we are set up for more confrontatioconfrontation. on september 30th, when the clock strikes, we'll be in the same position. the president has made concessions, put on the table reforms to the entitlement program. last year, we were close to a grand bargain. $4 trillion deficit reduction that would include major entitlement reforms. the president has done what he needs to do that's unfair criticism. >> what is lacking, congressman? what is the problem? it is a popular con serb tuf and -- conservative reefrain. where is the impasse in terms of being able to say here are what our priorities are as a party. >> the reason there hasn't been a budget since 2009 because of the filibuster rule in the house. the house under both democratic and republic lay can leadership been able to pass things. we haven't had the ability to come togeth
benefits for one year. president obama said he would have preferred a grand bargain that solved all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress, that was obviously too many to hope for at this time. [ laughter ] >> maybe we can do it in stages. >> reporter: negotiations have been going on all day. lawmakers and aides are moving back and forth between meeting rooms on capitol hill on what is normally a quiet new year's eve. the sticking point is spending. the president said to take action on deficit reduction in the next few months and more tax revenue could be involved in those discussions but republicans are furious at that possibility. >> i'm willing to support revenues to deal with this overall problem but what i will not agree to using revenues to replace spending reductions. >> reporter: even in the senate approves the deal by midnight, the house has to pass it. >>> once the deal is done, what will it mean to you and your family's finances? cbs 5 reporter grace lee with the consequences of a compromise. >> reporter: this deal is not official until both
. >>> looking beyond the senate deal, president obama is warning republicans that if they want future spending cuts, they're going to have to provide more tax revenue as well. >> if republicans think that i will finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts alone -- and you hear that sometimes coming from them, that sort of after today we're just going to try to shove only spending cuts down -- well, shove spending cuts at us. if they think that's going to be the formula for how we solve this thing, then they've got another think coming. >> that midday news conference didn't go over well with a lot of republicans, and they said that the president's sometimes mocking tone, as they felt it was, could hurt the fiscal cliff deal in the house. >> as i sort out my impressions of the president's remarks as to whether to be angry or to saddened. we have the president of the united states go over and have a cheerleading ridiculing of republicans exercise. >> let's bring in democratic strategist and former edwards communications director chris ka fiance and republican strategist and former h
. the sticking point we're seeing is the spending cut. the senate bill delays the spending cut for another two months. president obama said yesterday that he wanted to include that into the bill but in order to get it passed, he had to compromise himself. let's take a look at some video shot yesterday on the senate floor of the house. the 89-8 vote was cast around 2:00 a.m. the bill permanently extends the bush era tax cuts for 99% of americans. current spending levels will be offset by tax increases and some spending cuts, half to defense and half to domestic. let's take a listen. >> one thing we can count on with respect to this congress is that if there's even one second left before you have to do what you're supposed to do, they will use that last second. >> this is a mini cliff. the big cliff still lies in front of us. the big cliff -- [ inaudible ] >> reporter: certainly some members of congress not happy with this deal that was struck last night. however, mitch mcconnell, a republican himself, says this was a good deal for americans. the house is back in session at noon and will likely
at midnight. economists have been warning us the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts could cause another recession. now, president obama and the senate republican leaders say they are close to a deal to prevent tax hikes on the middle class. the trouble is, the house has gone home and won't be voting on anything tonight. >> for now, our most immediate priority is to stop taxes going up for middle class families starting tomorrow. i think that is a modest goal that we can accomplish. >> we all want to protect taxpayers, and we can get it done now. right now. >> trace: officials tell fox news agreement would let tax cuts expire on $450,000 instead of the president's cut off $250,000. extend unemployment benefits for another year it does not include any new spending cuts. of course, that's the other big issue in this fiscal cliff standoff. we have team fox coverage. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill. but first to ed henry at the white house. ed, it looks as if we are taking the plunge. >> it does, trace. but what i think the white house is hoping here tonight is that lawmakers ar
or spend it now it was a risk but one that ultimately paid off for president obama. governor romney at that point was still trying to put together the pieces for his primary just ended. >> why didn't he respond? why didn't they refute the attacks about bain capitol? >> one of the issues was governor romney was just not willing to lend himself money as he was in 2008. there was a perception among his senior staff that he didn't want to be seen as buying the election. so in order for him to have gone toe-to-toe with obama at that point in time he would have had to use his own money and that wasn't even broached in the campaign. >> warner: one of the most fascinating things i saw here was you both said probably the biggest strategic blunder they made, the romney people made was not to launch a really robust campaign, to explain to him as a man. what explained that? >> there was a constant tension between the candidate's family and his staff in terms of how much to tell about romney the man. the staff wanted to make the election a referendum on president obama's handling of the economy
assault on romney? >> we really think that president obama won the campaign in the spring. and what is key is in the west wing, in late may his advisors basically told him we want to spend the fall's budget right now, on a really tough tv assault against romney. and the president had to be convinced by the advisors to do this, and obviously he was thinking financially are we going to have that money in the fall or spend it now it was a risk but one that ultimately paid off for president obama. governor romney at that point was still trying to put together the pieces for his primary just ended. >> why didn't he respond? why didn't they refute the attacks about bain capitol? >> one of the issues was governor romney was just not willing to lend himself money as he was in 2008. there was a perception among his senior staff that he didn't want to be seen as buying the election. so in order for him to have gone toe-to-toe with obama at that point in time he would have had to use his own money and that wasn't even broached in the campaign. >> warner: one of the most fascinating things i saw here
the fiscal cliff which could trigger across-the-board sex increases and billions in spending cuts. however, there is hope for a soft landing. eadate republican leader mitch odaynnell and president obama said today a deal was close. yut late in the day house leaders announced they will not ote on a deal tonight. aiey're waiting for the senate. enswhat happens now? we have two reports beginning with nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, good evening. >> good evening to you, rebecca. it looks like the deadline pressure finally prompted a meeting of the minds today. negotiators agreed to a plan that extends the bush era tax icans.or 99% of americans. on they are hung up on one key looksing issue, and so it looks like we will go over the fiscal cliff at least temporarily. >> we're very, very close to an agreement. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said his mcconnthe-clock negotiations with vice president biden had t id off. >> i can report that we've reached an agreement on all of the tax -- the tax -- issues. >> reporter: first and foremost, the bush era tax cuts. ohe two si
if they're couples, and not on those who make $250,000 or more. that is the level that president obama campaigned on. he said folks who make $250,000 or more should pay more in taxes. richard trumka expressing concern tonight that this will ultimately wind up taking a larger cut into spending than democrats will be comfortable with. so that is some of the criticism on the left. i imagine vice president biden have l have to answer some questions about that when he heads over to the hill. but as kelly mentioned, he has been one of the key negotiators in this entire process. remember, on saturday, milissa, these negotiations had all but stalled. and that is the point at which minority leader mcconnell picked up the phone, called biden, asked him to engage in these negotiations. he did. he is of course a veteran of the senate. few people understand how the inner works of the senate work as well as vice president biden. so he gotten gauged in these negotiations, really helped them to move forward. remember, he also has a very strong work relationship with mitch mcconnell. the two served tog
to help sell the deal. president obama released a statement shortly after the senate vote. it reads in part "tonight's agreement ensures that going forward we will continue to reduce the deficit through a combination of new spending cuts and new revenues from the wealthiest americans. i will continue to fight every day on behalf of the middle class and those fighting to get into the middle class to forge an economy that grows from the middle out, not from the top down." >>> that vote may not come right
unemployment benefits for one year. president obama said he would have preferred a grand bargain that solved all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. [ laughter ] >> it may be we can do it in stages. >> reporter: negotiations have been going on all day. lawmakers and aides moving back and forth between meeting rooms here on capitol hill on what is normally a quiet new year's eve. the major sticking upon the now is spending. the president suggested lawmakers make action on deficit reduction in the next few months and that more tax revenue could be involved in those discussions. but republicans are furious at that possibility. >> i'm willing to support revenues to deal with this problem. the overall problem. but what i will not grow to is using revenues to replace spending reductions. >> reporter: even if the senate approves the deal by midnight the house still has to pass the measure before the president can sign it into law. the house left earlier this evening, but it doesn't matter in terms of th
prevent the across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts to a wide range of government programs. we've also learned that president obama personally called harry reid and nancy pelosi to ensure that they are on board with this plan. our chuck todd says it is not likely that we would see a deal on that vote before midnight, just on the logistical standpoint the house remains adjourned until tomorrow. mike, what is the latest you're hearing about a possible vote tonight, maybe not before midnight at this point, but sometime during the night? >> yeah, i don't think it will happen before midnight, just too many procedural hoops to jump through, and they haven't even completed writing the bill. vice president joe biden arrived, met with harry reid briefly, and walked into the second floor and into the caucus room where democrats had gathered. joe biden's mention to pitch this deal, to the caucus, one mention, if they're going to bring it up tonight. we talked about the senate and how slow it moves. it can move very fast, when they have unanimous consent, in other words, where every senato
be hit by a tax hike. mr. obama said, he would have prefered a bigger deal that included spending cuts. >> a grand bargain, whatever want to call it, that solves our deficit problems in a balanced and responsible way, that just doesn't deal with the taxes, deals with the spending in a balanced way so we can put all this behind us and just focusing on growing our economy. >> reporter: but the president said with this congress that is too much to hope for. early this morning after the senate vote he released a statement that read quote, this agreement is the right thing to do for our country and the house should pass it without delay. if republicans compromise on spending cuts you might ask, what did the president give up? his compromise was raising the income level protected from tax hikes and more importantly, making the tax cuts permanent, something president bush wasn't able to do because he wasn't able to get a 2/3 majority of the senate to go along back in the early 1990s. when the senate voted early this morning all but five republicans and three democrats approved the measure. th
of them got reelected, a lot got elected to spending not the raise taxes. the house is still controlled by republicans so when president obama has his talk about campaigning and run and getting a mandate on raising taxes on the upper tier, these republicans fight back with their own o individual races. >> no doubt about it. and that is why we had this clash. you will remember that right after the election i remember full well that these negotiations which started with the president and speaker boehner, they are are ending now with senator mcconnell and vice president biden but within days aft election speaker boehner sent a letter to the president of the united states saying we just had a status quo election. that was from the speaker. inside the white house they didn't believe it was a status quo election. they believe the president won decisively and did get the mandate. house republicans believe they had a mandate to cut spending and the president believed he had a mandate to raise taxes. they will have the same clash two months from now. not just over the sequester which will be bac
to vote on the proposal. president obama released a statement shortly after the senate voted that reads in part, "tonight's agreement ensures that going forward we will continue to reduce the deficit through a combination of spending cuts and new revenues from the wealthiest americans. i will continue to fight every day on behalf of the middle class and all those fighting to get into the middle class to forge an economy that grows from the middle out, not from the top down." >>> but the house may not be ready to vote just yet. house speaker john boehner says his team needs to review the measure before deciding to schedule a vote on it or trying to change it. the white house hopes to have president obama's signature on the legislation by the time the new congress takes office at noon on thursday. that would minimize the impact of not having a deal in place by the start of the year. another spending battle is also brewing on capitol hill. the government is close to reaching its debt limit. the treasury is taking steps to delay reaching the $16.4 trillion borrowing limit. yesterday it stop
of this country.that'l let me rephrase that. total a $2.2 trillion reduction in thf total plan spending. we are looking at the republican plan. we will show you just how tough it is. the only difference is how we get there. mr. obama wants one thing and mr. boehner once anothesee and we will see a knockdown drag out fight any big dramatic of negotiation. what you and i and all americans are looking at is the prospect of a recession next year if thed president and mr. boehner can't come to agreement. as much as a 10% unemploymenttyn rate, because both as president and republican parties parties, as you can seema here, they aret playing at the margin in thecust national media is not focusing washit the reality is. they are just playing games. right along th the folks in washington. this president is guilty of class warfare. for hat? are you kidding me?ma. prident obama seems to love reat the drama. i thought he didn't like drama. the reality is that there will be so little impact on our fiscal future. the after all of the drama and whateeer the outcome, we remaih in great jeopardy. because t
a bad deal. he voted against it. "the new york times" says it weakens president obama's hand going forward and may hurt him in the debt ceiling negotiations. he has ruled out any negotiations over the debt ceiling and on monday he vowed that revenue increases must match further spending cuts. but as this deal shows, he often compromises at the last minute. that's the important part. let's leave it there. has president obama showed when his back support against the wall, he will cave? >> the president has been very strong in these negotiations. you have to keep in mind the republicans really did not want to tax more wealthy people in our society one dime. not a dime, and he's stuck with that. i consider myself a liberal and proud of it. we did not want an increase in t the age with regard to medicaid and cpi with regard to social security benefits. and the president was strong there, and i think he'll continue to be strong, and, you know, i notice a different president since he won this election, i think he is working very closely with congress, and, again, i -- often i'm -- i'm cri
a surplus. bush comes along, we live in fear for eight years. all the spending in afghanistan, a rack, and iran, and nothing was said there. then the democrats had the congress, that everything in obama's first term and had no back on. they just went ahead and let the republicans push them around. they forgot to put them there, as far as the unions, the middle-class. they are not protecting these unions and passing legislation to help them. what is happening is, now you've got what just happened in michigan, right to work. this is not about right to work, it is about busting unions. everyone of those red states have a republican governor who have been pushing this issue and is getting to the point where i think the only thing that will stop all this bickering between parties is term limits. if a president can only serve two terms, then a congressman, senator, can only serve the same amount of terms, and then we will not have this power struggle as far as the republicans against the democrats, because they better do their job because they have a limited amount of time, or they are out.
. president obama released a statement shortly after the senate voted. reading in part on your screen, "tonight's agreement ensures that going forward, we'll continue to reduce the deficit through a combination of new spending cuts and new revenues from the wealthiest americans. i will continue to fight every day on behalf of the middle class and all those fighting to get into the middle class to forge an economy that grows from the middle out, not the top down." >>> the treasury is taking steps to help avert a different financial crisis. it has stopped issuing new debt of two government retirement funds. the news will keep the government from reaching its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit, at least for the time being. this is not going to impact current retirees. treasury secretary timothy geithner announced last week that his department will adopt measures to save about $200 billion and that is to keep the government from reaching its limit for two months. >>> want to get the out-the-door forecast. tom? >> 2013, the forecast for today, a few scattered flurries or sprinkles today. above
after president obama said they should get a raise. but much more is on the line in the coming weeks. the senate has put off dealing with government spending cuts for another two months and they need to address the debt ceiling and long-term budget plans. >> it's the debate we'll have next and it's a debate republicans are ready for. >> reporter: and the next debate is in the house. we'll see if they pass the senate deal when they get back to work in less than two hours. live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> it is 7:13. some san francisco workers can expect slightly bigger paychecks starting today. that's because the minimum wage just went up in the city. the minimum wage is now $10.5 in san francisco. the state minimum wage in california is $8 an hour. >>> 7:13. pg&e customers, you'll see changes on your bill this month. starting today, electric bills go up about 2%. but gas rates, they are going down, almost 6%. however, the smaller gas prices, they won't last long. next month, pg&e will raise gas rates about 2% to help pay for pipeline safety upgrading. now,
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